Glider Bench - The Arbor's Last Touch

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Project by SawdustAndAnIPA posted 08-16-2013 06:00 PM 1648 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Glider Bench was a fun project to build. It was built using a plan I purchased from U-Build. The two center pieces of the back rest were supposed to be built using 8 or 10” wide boards. However, I could not find material that width unless I wanted to do a glue-up (and was concerned about weathering and longevity.) Thus I opted for more slats and using 2×6 material.

The other challenge I had is that I wanted to use Redwood instead of Cedar (to match the arbor for where the bench would be installed.) However the plans required 3/4” thick stock and all my redwood sources were 2x stock or 1.5” thick lumbered. So I had to do a lot of resaw band saw and planer work to get my material down to size. This left me with several slats that required much sanding to remove the band saw grooves. I purchased the glider hardware from Woodcraft for 20 bucks instead of cutting the parts out of sheet metal as the plans suggested.

Redwood does tend to split and so several of my seat slats had to be tossed as scrap and recut when I was countersinking for weatherproof deck screws for their attachment.

I finished the bench using Cabot Deck Stain which did a great job of staining the wood while also applying a wood preservative.

Pleased with the finished product and very glad the arbor project is now finally coming to an end.

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#1 posted 08-16-2013 07:20 PM

nice build

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#2 posted 08-16-2013 07:51 PM

Magnificent creation. Love the awesomeness of this one! Something to be proud of.

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#3 posted 08-16-2013 11:38 PM

Great touch for your arbor project—very nice.

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 02:06 AM

A very nice final touch with the glider bench. It has all come together well and looks awesome…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 01:58 PM

Your beautiful and well made glider completes the wonderful arbor project. Great works to be proud of.

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#7 posted 05-06-2014 11:12 AM

Can you tell me the what plan you used from u build? I’m looking into building something very similar. Thanks!

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